The signing of Alabama House Bill 317 deeply disappointed me. It is an act that serves to benefit special interests, not the people of Alabama. I sent the enclosed letter to the Governor to make my view publically clear.
I already tried private communication. While the bill was awaiting her signature, I spoke with the Governor and urged her to do the right thing. I did not attack her in the press or on social media, because this is something we should reach genuine agreement on, all of us who seek to serve. If we want people to have faith in their elected leaders, we all need to work together for ethics laws that hold the highest standards.
Soon, new elections will be upon us. There are plenty of issues on which to base a vote – healthcare (whether we bring our federal Medicaid dollars home to save rural hospitals), education (whether we create a lottery dedicated to our children’s future), and economic justice (whether we increase the minimum wage). We now have one more issue – whether we have open, accountable ethics laws.
If you are upset about H.B. 317 or any of the actions taken by our current elected officials, you have the chance to vote them out.
On that note, you will be hearing from me again.